This is a powerful collection of poems. Sanchez's voice is the voice of the blues. The poems are all at once deeply spiritual, moving, and politically hopeful. Sanchez moves freely in these poems from haiku, to tanka, to free verse, to prose poem. She really does it all. Her words have a stripped down, honest, brutal feeling, yet paint powerful and beautiful images. This book did shake me. I had to read it a little at a time to savor its intensity.
An extraordinary retrospective covering over thirty years of work, From a leading writer of the Black Arts Movement and the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award–winner. Shake Loose My Skin is a stunning testament to the literary, sensual, and political powers of the award-winning Sonia Sanchez.
About the Author
Sonia Sanchez is poet, activist, scholar, and formerly the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University, and is currently a poet-in-residence there. Her numerous honors include the American Poetry Society's 2018 Wallace Stevens Award. she is the author of sixteen books, including Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Does Your House Have Lions?, Wounded in the House of a Friend, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku.
This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: more livable, more laughable, more manageable. I wish millions of people knew that some of the joy in their lives comes from the fact that Sonia Sanchez is writing poetry. —Maya Angelou
"An unending elegy on the grandest of scales." —Rafael Campo, The Washington Post Book World
"Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty." —Isabel Allende
"With an unblinking and critical poet's eye, Sonia Sanchez has been setting her readers straight, telling the 'terrible beauty,' and reflecting images in ways that simultaneously solicit tears and laughter. For over thirty years this revolutionary poet has been undeterred from a path that began in the sixties. She has not given up the struggle to let her poetry be what she refers to as a 'call to arms' for her people." —Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Ms.
"[Sanchez] looks deeply into that most dangerous of places-the heart." —-Quarterly Black Review